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    Default focus heater problem

    I have a ford focus 1.6 on a 52 plate and my heater now only works when the dial is on 4 (maximum setting) when i have it on 1,2 or 3 nothing comes out, it was working the previous evening and then when i put it on in the morning this problem appeared. any ideas?

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    This is so handy. The exact same just happened on mine and I logged on here to ask for advice!

    I'm sure I read somewhere that it's some sort of resistor pack...or something. Could really do with it sorting though as it's getting annoying having the heaters on full blast all the time!

    Sorry to sort of hijack your thread dmw - hopefully someone will be along soon to help us!

    Thanks,

    Adam

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    Default Focus Heater

    This exact same problem has happened to my focus in the last couple of days, heater goes on in the 4 position but not 1,2, and 3.
    It will be good to see someone come up with a solution although i've been told it could be the resister. I've had a look for this but couldn't find it so if anyone knows where it is and can let me know where it is that would be good.
    tia junior

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    Right - I've had a bit of an interesting day.

    I did a bit of research and found a Mondeo website describing the resistor pack as a white piece of plastic bolted to the bulkhead of the car behind the glovebox. After much swearing and hitting things, I found it. I took the glovebox off by it's hinges (three screws) and the cover behind that that covers the footwell vents (stupid plastic screws that needed to be forced off whilst trying to unscrew them) and then if you peer through what would have been your glovebox, to the right of that big black...bin type thing which I think is a major part of the heater, you can just about see it. It's a white rectangular looking thing, fixed in vertically, with a multi-plug connector plugged into it. It was a nightmare trying to unscrew it's only screw but I managed it and took it out, went to Ford and they were closed!

    So I'll have to go on Monday. I definitely think it's that - my only concern is that it doesn't look blown (i.e. melted). If you hang fire until Monday, I'll be the guinea pig and let you know if the new one I'm going to buy fixes the problem.

    If anyone thinks I'm barking up the wrong tree, please stop me by Monday!

    Cheers,

    Adam

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    Hi
    From what u have described it sounds like u are correct. The fan resistor is normally the cause of your concern.

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    Anyone any ideas on this problem yet?
    BUMP

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    Take it it was'nt the resister that was wrong with adski

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    Sorry it's taken me a while to reply. I couldn't get the part until yesterday.

    Well, I opened the box, one shiny new resistor pack. Felt really quite confident that this was going to fix it seeing as it being plugged in or not made no difference to the actual working of the heaters but then, imagine my surprise when after deftly installing it (it gets easier the more times you actually do it), I put the heater to setting number one and.......yep - you guessed it.

    Nothing whatsoever.

    I'm not saying that this isn't the answer to your problems but it certainly wasn't to mine. I'm now asking myself if I really want to bother taking more of the dash apart to fix it and buying God knows what other useless bits of kit from Ford. I think there are three resistors. Maybe I got the wrong one.

    Incidentally, I'd read on the net that the new parts were black. Mine wasn't. It looked identical to the one it replaced.

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    I got a new resistor today and fit it and every setting working fine now. The resistor i took off was blue and new one black.
    junior

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    Question Clarification needed before purchase!

    Quote Originally Posted by junior View Post
    I got a new resistor today and fit it and every setting working fine now. The resistor i took off was blue and new one black.
    junior
    Hey junior,

    Guess what, same happened to me & I'd just like to clarify one thing.
    You say you took off the blue resistor and installed the new black one, does the black one replace the blue one or was the blue one a red herring.

    Hope you understand.

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